This Is What My Town Does To Drive The Rest Of The Country Crazy!

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    For those of you that don't know where it is, my home town of Victoria is on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. We're a couple of hundred miles away from Seattle and are actually south of the 49th parallel. As such we are blessed with the best weather in the country.

    Every year Victoria runs their tongue in cheek promotion called the Flower Count. The idea is that we take a poll of all the blooms in our yards and total them up. It's just our way of rubbing in the fact that while a lot of our nation (and yours) is covered in snow, it's already springtime in Victoria.

    Enjoy the link, and think warm!

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    LOL. I did vacation in Victoria one summer (took the ferry over). The first thing that I noticed were all the beautiful flowers. Lousy gun laws, but beautiful country!
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    You count your flowers, I'll count the rounds in my CC Glock

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    With the mild winter this year (yes, I'm rubbing it in to the rest of you), the flowers are coming out real early this year. I'm sure your count is going to be really high.

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    Wink

    I guess ya need a lot of flowers to put on the graves of all the people that couldn't carry a firearm to protect themselves.

    On a more serious note...beautiful flowers there.

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    Well, we have crocus, daffodils and a hydrangea, and pansies blooming today.
    And it snowed some also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    Well, we have crocus, daffodils and a hydrangea, and pansies blooming today.
    And it snowed some also.
    So, you are bringing this up to just rub it in to everyone..... cruel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    It's just our way of rubbing in the fact that while a lot of our nation (and yours) is covered in snow, it's already springtime in Victoria.
    Yeah, bloomin' spring comes early to Victoria, doesn't it? Makes for beautiful landscapes, though. Of course, it doesn't get that green out of sheer kindness to L.L. Bean and REI Co-Op.

    Enjoy the great weather.

    Sloggin' and drippin' and rainin' in Portland that it is.


    Example, from Butchart Gardens, of their February 24 weekly flower report:

    February 24
    Next report: March 3

    To learn more about the gardens and to see flower photos please click here.

    * We have never recorded so many plants blooming for us this early in the year and each week we are seeing something new. This week the forsythia has burst into full bloom and the earliest of the flowering cherries are not far behind. It is interesting to note that although many of the trees, shrubs and perennials are advancing ahead of schedule, many of the bulbs are moving along on their normal timetable.
    - Rick Los, Director of Horticulture


    Full Bloom

    Bergenia
    Crocus tommasianus - Snow crocus
    Crocus vernus
    Erica - Heather
    Forsythia
    Galanthus nivalis - Snowdrop
    Helleborus
    Iris reticulate
    Jasminium nudiflorum - Winter Jasmine (Fragrant!)
    Pulmonaria
    Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer'
    Sarcococca - Sweet Box (Flower is insignificant, fragrance is incredible!)


    Coming Into Bloom

    Anemone blanda
    Bellis - English daisy
    Camellia
    Chionodoxa - Glory of the Snow
    Cornus mas - Cornelian Cherry
    Daphne odora
    Eranthis hymenalis
    Kaufmanniana tulip "Ancilla" (first of the tulips)
    Muscari
    Myosotis - Forget-me-not
    Narcissi "Tete a Tete" (first of the Daffodils)
    Ornamental Cherries
    Pansy
    Pieris
    Polyanthus
    Scilla siberica
    Viburnum tinus


    Finishing

    Abeliophyllum - White Forsythia (Fragrant!)
    Hamamelis mollis - Witch Hazel (Wonderfully fragrant!)
    Lonicera x purpusii - Winter Beauty
    Mahonia
    Viburnum bodnantense (Mildly fragrant!)


    To learn more about Winter at The Gardens and to see flower photos please click here.
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    It sucks to be one of those you are crowing over. We had to suffer today. Sunny & clear skies, high of 55* and a strong 3 mph windstorm. I had to wear a sweater all day in my office and keep the windows up during the drive into work this morning.



    Tomorrow it will be even worse. Cloudy and overcast with a major storm coming. They're talking flood potential where we could get something like 1/4" of rain overnight Friday into Saturday.

    On Sunday we might be able to brave the frigid cold to go outside for 10 minutes or so. It's supposed to get up to 68*.

    I'd say more but my fingers are frozen stiff and there's icicles forming on my eyelashes cuz it's so cold the furnace won't even turn on.

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    Gunny Bunny, how ya like Canada, Aye? Even though its nice... er this time 'o year in your neck of the woods, I can still carry in mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    For those of you that don't know where it is, my home town of Victoria is on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. We're a couple of hundred miles away from Seattle and are actually south of the 49th parallel. As such we are blessed with the best weather in the country. :embarrassed:

    Every year Victoria runs their tongue in cheek promotion called the Flower Count. The idea is that we take a poll of all the blooms in our yards and total them up. It's just our way of rubbing in the fact that while a lot of our nation (and yours) is covered in snow, it's already springtime in Victoria.

    Enjoy the link, and think warm!

    Victoria Flower Count
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    Orlando hardly ever gets snow and when it does I don't think it has stuck but once or twice. I can carry pretty much anything legal to own and in the "winter" months I can still see pretty ladies in bikinis at the beach. Oh and I think we have flowers here too but i'm too busy cleaning my guns or looking @ scantily clad ladies at the beach :-p

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    Color me jealous - Here in Orlando Florida it is 36 this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Dawg View Post
    Color me jealous - Here in Orlando Florida it is 36 this morning.
    It was 33 according to my truck's thermometer on the way home from work @ 330am. I'm probably the only native actually enjoying these cold spells....I blame the northern blood in me corrupting my Florida born self

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